The drubbing in the recent by-polls may hasten the exit of fence-sitters

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is expecting realignment of political forces in the State including hastening up of the exit of fence-sitters in the party following the emergence of YSR Congress Party as a formidable force in the just concluded by-elections.

“It will definitely have an impact on our party as the fence-sitters speeding up their moves to join YSR Congress, particularly in Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra regions”, a polit bureau member of TDP said on Saturday. Instead of sparing efforts on stopping such desertions, the party would try to explain people the relevance of the party in the present circumstances to retain and add on the support, he said.

Even as the TDP's polit bureau meeting was on two party leaders from Coastal Andhra – a city unit president of the party who has been at loggerheads with leadership and a legislator close to NTR clan – were closeted with Vangaveeti Radha, who joined YSRCP recently, as part of their efforts to meet Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy in jail, TDP sources said.

“Such elements will quit the party sooner than later but their number will not be large”, the sources said and added, when pointed out about the possibility of some TDP seniors' plans to switch sides to the new party, that it would be difficult for the established leaders to even knock on the doors of YSR Congress as they would not work under juniors leading the YSRCP in some districts now.

However, the sources did not rule out possibility of kin of some TDP seniors joining YSR Congress.

“Our leadership is for consolidation of our vote bank, mainly comprising backward classes. Sops like housing, health scheme, pensions, fee-reimbursement have helped present generations get attracted towards YSR. We will explain the circumstance in which TDP came into being and the suppression suffered by some generations to regain some lost ground”, the sources explained.

  • TDP expecting realignment of political forces following the by-poll results

  • Party sources do not rule out the possibility of kin of some senior leaders joining YSRCP